Texas Tech University

Tunnel of Awareness: An Interactive Tour Through Social Justice

 
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Tunnel of Awareness is an interactive display that allows participants to explore eight different areas of activism and injustice impacting their local and global communities. Tunnel is about bringing Awareness to the TTU community in order to create more impactful agents for positive social change.

When & Where:

Tuesday, April 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Student Union Building: Red Raider Ballroom

 

About the Tunnel

The Tunnel of Awareness highlights contemporary issues of oppression by introducing participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression.

The Tunnel is a campus grassroots diversity program that originated in 1993 at the Western Illinois University. Using the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California as a model, the Tunnel strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way. By engaging the emotions of the participants, it allows for the accounts expressed in the program to be truly effective. People may have never been placed in these types of situations, and they obtain a sense of what it may feel like to experience discrimination or oppression. While the Tunnel may evoke strong emotions, it can be an effective tool used to teach people about how it really feels to be in the various situations. After the incredible response and positive feedback we received after the last several years, the Tunnel has now become an annual event.

Tour the Tunnel

Tours begin every 30 minutes, and will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. Due to limited space, reservations are highly recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome.

We highly encourage participants to experience the tunnel as a group, whether it be a class or student organization. Walk ups to the Tunnel of Oppression are welcome. Participants who walk up may have to wait for the next available tour.

Walk ups to the Tunnel of Awareness are welcome. Participants who walk up may have to wait for the next available tour.

Schedule A Tour

Volunteer Opportunities

Tunnel of Awareness is made possible in part by the efforts and passions of volunteers from various student orgs, TTU departments, and community members. If you are interested in volunteering to set up, clean up, or work a 1 hour volunteer shift during Tunnel, please click on the link below.

Sign Up To Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer during tunnel as an actor, group leader of facilitator, please email anna.burton@ttu.edu or ben.braddock@ttu.edu.

Contact Us

Do you have questions? Would you like more information about supporting Tunnel of Awareness at Texas Tech University? Please email the Residence Life Coordinator for Social Justice Education Ben Braddock at ben.braddock@ttu.edu or the Assistant Director
Student Leadership Development Anna Burton at anna.burton@ttu.edu.